On Wednesday this week, a massive 125GB leak exposed the source code of Amazon’s Twitch.tv as well as creator’s payouts and even an unreleased competitor to Steam.
How Did It Happen?
Twitch released a blog stated in a blog that the cause of the leak was an error in their server configuration change that allowed a third party to exploit it and gain this information. The leak was posted on popular forum 4Chan and was labelled as “part one” which suggests that there could be more to come. This does imply that more data has been stolen than people realise, as such it is advised that all users change their passwords and ensure that they have 2 factor authentication enabled to be on the safe side. To do so, simply follow these steps:
- Log on to Twitch, click your avatar and choose Settings
- Go to Security and Privacy, then scroll down to the Security setting
- Choose Edit Two-Factor Authentication to see if it’s already activated. If not, follow the instructions to turn it on (you’ll need your phone)
What Information Has Been Leaked?
The information released so far seems to focus mostly on sharing Twitch’s company tools and information, including the following:
- 3 years worth of details regarding creator payouts on Twitch.
- The entirety of twitch.tv, “with commit history going back to its early beginnings.”
- Source code for the mobile, desktop, and video game console Twitch clients.
- Code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch.
- An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios.
- Data on other Twitch properties like IGDB and CurseForge.
- Twitch’s internal security tools.
Since the creator payouts have been released, there has been some controversy among creators over how much certain streamers are being paid, with the less popular streamers complaining that more popular streamers are being paid more per subscription than others.
The poster has claimed that the cause of the leak was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.” In the past there have been streamers that have left the platform to go to another streaming site like Youtube, and now that user’s are aware of the disparity in earnings, this might continue to happen.